The opposition UPND has reacted to Chief Government Spokesman Chishimba Kambwili’s attacks on Sunday evening by calling on the Zambia Police Service to arrest the Roan MP for spreading hate speech.
UPND Spokesman Charles Kakoma stated that Mr Kambwili’s statement bordered on blasphemy and mocking of God.
Mr Kambwili during his Sunday Interview TV programme stated that people from Southern Province are so tribal such that they could not vote for Jesus Christ even if the Son of God stood against a Tonga candidate.
But Mr Kakoma said Mr Kambwili’s attacks shows reality of PF approach to leadership and that the UPND is not surprised.
“Chishimba Kambwili, who while representing President Edgar Lungu and the entire PF Government uttered dangerous and divisive statements against the people of Zambia during his ZNBC Sunday Interview programme on 10th January 2016. Kambwili said on behalf of Lungu last night that there are regions in this country where even if Jesus Christ stood against their leader, they would reject Jesus,” Mr Kakoma recollected.
He added, “This is not only unconstitutional and hate speech at the highest level but now amounts to blasphemy against Jesus the Son of God. This is against the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.
The UPND Spokesman said Mr Kambwili has broken the law and gone against the penal code adding that criminal procedures must commence now.
He said, “According to Cap 87, Section 70(1) of the laws of Zambia it is stated as follows: “Any person who utters any words or publishes any writing expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt for any person or group of persons wholly or mainly because of his or their race, tribe, place of origin or colour is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.”
Mr Kakoma challenged the police to rise up now and arrest Mr Kambwili for breaking the law, before aggrieved citizens rise up against Kambwili and the PF regime.
“The evidence is overwhelming that this could be the shortest criminal matter to be adjudicated by our courts of law. Clearly, the PF leadership have now crossed the path and are resorting to blasphemy, as was the case with the people that built the titanic ship and later mocked that not even God would sink the boat, which is also the PF symbol.”
Mr Kakoma urged the international community to take a greater interest in what is happening in Zambia, rather than waiting to react once things have gotten out of hand and damage has already been done, as they have reacted in many African countries.
“Clearly, hate speech and promotion of tribal division is now an institutionalised PF Government policy away from real issues affecting our citizens, such as massive job losses, poverty and hunger, unemployment, and the general economic meltdown.”
He added, “The whole scheme by the PF leadership of wanting to cause tribal divisions and divert attention away from critical issues of load shedding, high cost of living, high cost of fertiliser and other inputs for farmers, increasing inflation rate, and unemployment for our citizens, especially youths and women, is well known.”
Mr Kakoma said the conduct of the public media such as Times of Zambia, Zambia Daily Mail and ZNBC also confirms what that they have now become tools that are being used to tear apart the country, as opposed to uniting the nation.
“It is not a coincidence that programmes such as ZNBC Sunday Interview and many others are merely being masked as public platforms yet they are purely PF propaganda tools with the intention of dividing the country where only PF leadership are featured demeaning and insulting others without giving them room to feature and respond.”